C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

WB Electronics reveals U-Gate, new software-defined radios

12 September 2018

WB Group’s U-GATE C4ISR-Extended system will be available for integration into the company’s own PERAD 6010 SDR by the end of 2018. Source: Andrew White

WB Group is developing a software-defined radio (SDR) for the export market that will support the company’s forthcoming Battle Overwatch and Strike Capabilities (BOSC) concept.

The Personal Radio (PERAD) 6010 was in development ahead of an expected low-rate initial production (LRIP) by the end of the year, Adam Bartosiewicz, WB Group vice-president, told Jane’s at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland, on 5 September. Full-rate production is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2019, he added.

Comprising a variant of the company’s PERAD 5010 – which is also in a development phase to support the Polish Land Forces’ TYTAN soldier modernisation effort – PERAD 6010 will operate across UHF and L-Band frequency ranges, with a variety of waveforms available to users including mobile ad hoc network (MANET), wideband, and narrowband.

The radio, which will not feature embedded encryption technology, does feature frequency hopping, anti-tamper protection, and built-in GPS receiver technology.

Bartosiewicz said the PERAD 6010 will be integrated into the company’s BOSC concept, which is due to be unveiled at the Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, DC, in October.

To support this, WB Group is working to integrate PERAD 5010 and 6010 SDRs with the U-GATE Dismounted Observation and Command System that will also be made available to customers by the end of 2018.

According to WB Group, U-GATE comprises a ‘C4ISR-Extended’ solution designed to support strike missions with loitering munitions, including the company’s own Warmate solution.

Comprising an all up weight of 1.5 kg, U-GATE will enable operators to control the “observe, orient, decide, and act” features of the loitering munition at ranges out to 10 km. U-GATE also supports battlefield observation out to 2 km, the company said.

“U-GATE uses augmented reality technology to provide special forces with the ability to visualise the battlefield and add information or markers that can instantly be viewed in both their own and other operative field of views,” company officials said, adding that the solution enabled “full control” over unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) using a virtual ground control station.

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